Summer DIY: Build A Backyard Theater

The days of the drive-in theater are mostly gone, but you can still capture their magic by creating a theater in your backyard! Here's a list of everything you need to get started.

1. The Screen

The screen may seem like the most daunting aspect of building a backyard theater, but it doesn't have to be so. While inflatable screens designed for outdoor use from Open Air Cinema start at $599, David Banks at GeekDad put together an excellent guide for building a portable outdoor movie screen using materials that will cost you around $125.


2. The Source (Video Projector, DVD Player, Speakers)

If you're simply looking for the equipment to host a one-time outdoor movie night, all of the equipment can be rented online from companies like Source One Rentals, who rent the projector, speakers and DVD Player in packages that start at $199.

ProjectorPeople.com offers several projectors perfect for the job, such as the Epson MovieMate which includes a built-in DVD player. 

Visit BackyardTheater.com for tons of great tips & tricks and to see some of the other ways people have built backyard movie theaters!